Kevin Towers, fired last month as the Padres' general manager, told ESPN that he will meet with the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Mariners at the winter meetings in Indianapolis and decide which team to join - in an advisory role - shortly after.
The odds favor the Yankees to land Towers, 48, who is widely respected throughout the industry for the job he did in San Diego. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has a very close friendship with Towers, and Towers is on record that he'd like to join an American League club so he'd be better prepared for GM openings in either league.
Mets GM Omar Minaya also enjoys a nice relationship with Towers. If Towers joined the Mets, however, there would be a different dynamic. With Minaya lacking job security, Towers could be viewed as a potential successor, a potentially uncomfortable situation for Towers and Minaya. With the Yankees, or Red Sox or Mariners, Towers' role would be more stable.
The small-market Padres made the playoffs four times in 14 years under Towers' leadership, and ultimately, Towers' efforts were undermined by the divorce of owner John Moores.
A San Diego resident, Towers also has said he'd rather not work in an office unless he's a GM. So he'll most likely help his new team as a scout and adviser.